Food-industry participants, restaurateurs, retailers and academics will discuss various aspects of animal handling at the 2005 Animal Care and Handling Conference sponsored by the American Meat Institution Foundation. It will take place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown on Feb. 9-10 in Kansas City, Mo.

A new track at this year’s meeting will address management and policy, and “is ideal for those who are responsible for overseeing animal handling,” say organizers. It will focus on strategies for implementing animal-handling programs in packing plants, such as using closed-circuit TV to monitor animal handling; new developments in transporting livestock; humane certification programs; the animal rights’ challenges; maximizing animal-welfare audits; and communicating effectively about animal welfare to customers and the public.

Another new session includes the ABCs of animal handling for industry members who are new to applied animal care and handling.

A pre-conference workshop of interest will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as the National Pork Board presents a look at the Trucker Quality Assurance Program.

Discounted member registration rates are available to members of sponsoring organizations, which includes the National Pork Board. Registration is $425 or $325 when three or more members register together.

For more information or to register online, go to http://www.meatami.com